Tag: Parishioners

Bibliotherapy: Coffee Hour Edition

Emmanuel at Home Morning Prayer on July 26th was all about books. “Reading for Hope: A Book Report Wrapped in a Homily” was the morning’s message for grownups. And “Happy Reading: A Children’s Homily” was my weekly offering for younger members. Each concluded with my invitation to listeners to bring a book to share with…

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Missing Church

This past semester during a chapel team meeting, one of my chaplain colleagues told us all about an amusing survey he had taken. It was some kind of religious life survey and he was tickled because the survey had told him that he was a religious fanatic. We all found this amusing since the term…

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The Guitar Circle: “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord”

Emmanuel’s Guitar Circle: Beth Boland, Stewart Bartley, Bucky Mills & Jennifer Jones perform “Alleluia No. 1” Socially distanced recorded. Ryan Fitch, Producer. Chorus Alleluia alleluiaGive thanks to the Risen LordAlleluia alleluiaGive praise to His Name Verse 1 Jesus is Lord of all the earthHe is the King of creation Verse 2 Spread the good news…

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WE.MUST.DO.THE.WORK.

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 I’ve always felt comfort taking in this verse from Micah. It is firm yet pliant. Prescriptive yet open to interpretation.  My name is Christian Simpson, and my family has been at…

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“Mercy is a Song”

Music and lyrics by Matthew West Performed by Chris & Rachel Piemonte Mercy is a song, singing to my heart,Telling me it’s ok, come just as you are,I never heard a melody, like the one that’s singing over me,And I just wanna sing along, ’cause mercy is a song. Freedom is a choir, swaying back…

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Nature in the Neighborhood

By the time Memorial Day arrives most years, many of us would be plotting our summer getaways, if not already leaving on one. We’d be dreaming of adventure and/or beautiful destinations. This year, with apologies to Dr. Seuss: Oh, The Places You Won’t Go!  This year, adventures may be on hold, but places of great beauty are…

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Waiting on Resurrection

I have a vivid memory of listening to Joani’s sermon the first Sunday of our quarantine, admittedly while I cleaned our house and the boys napped. Anyone else remember not multitasking? But what I mostly remember was how comforting it was to listen to her familiar voice. She encouraged us to think of the hardest…

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Grieving for Strangers

I’ll admit to enjoying a lot about being quarantined: sleeping in, pajamas all day, unstructured hours, long, lazy conversations with my family on the front porch or at the fire pit. But, in the background, I can still sense the constant bell tolling for fellow Americans fighting to breathe, suffering and dying from COVID-19. At…

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